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[drahy-dok] /ˈdraɪˌdɒk/
verb (used with object)
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
verb (used without object)
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
Origin of dry-dock
First recorded in 1880-85

dry dock

a structure able to contain a ship and to be drained or lifted so as to leave the ship free of water with all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, etc.
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dry-dock
Historical Examples
  • The sinking is brought about by filling the dry-dock with water.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A dry-dock is usually constructed with gates, to admit or shut out the tide.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • There's a lot of you who will have to go into dry-dock before long and get patched up.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • All of them had been killed except one or two who were in dry-dock for repairs.

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • “I run her into dry-dock down to the city for repairs,” he said quietly.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • True, her bottom is coppered and you dry-dock her every year; but that's an expense.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • He fell into a dry-dock and broke one of his thigh-bones, at the same time dislocating the joint.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers William Edward Winks
  • There were many naval men there, and I paid an interesting visit to a damaged submarine which was being repaired in the dry-dock.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • Some of you dry-dock conservative ducks would have let it go by, but papa is nothing if not adventurous.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • She'd been runnin' eight months—two hunder an' forty days—an' I was three days makin' up my indents, when she went to dry-dock.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for dry-dock

dry dock

a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom
to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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